Tennessee fan Ethan Williams posted video this week showing a Kentucky fan dropping the deplorable n-word on him as she was leaving a game the Vols would eventually win 81-73. Kentucky Ashley was definitely heated as the No. 6 Wildcats were about to drop a game UK shouldn’t be losing in March with a possible No. 1 tournament seed on the line. A woman identified as Ashley Lyles has since issued an apology through LEX 18.
“My reaction after the game was unacceptable, period. It was against all values of the University and state of Kentucky. I humbly apologize to the individuals at which my words were directed,” writes Lyles, “My words were hurtful and hateful and have no place in this world. I apologize to the University and state of Kentucky for the embarrassment I have caused. I want my apology not just to be in words, but in actions moving forward.”
— E. Willy™️ (@Ewilly27) March 4, 2020
Here’s how the University of Kentucky responded:
“An incident like the one that took place last night at Rupp Arena has no place at the University of Kentucky,” UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart tweeted Wednesday night. “There will be consequences for this unacceptable behavior and they will be announced once communicated to the offending party.
“While the person in question is not a season ticket holder, there are still ways to ensure those actions are not repeated at future UK events. We also have reached out to the patron who was the victim of this abusive and inexcusable language to apologize personally. That’s not who we are as an athletics department.”
— kayla 🐘 (@_kxy3) March 4, 2020